Happy whatever day it is!
I’m struggling with the concept of abundance right now. Yesterday, I went into a bar Southbend. It’s on the coast of Washington State. The area is big on seafood, because they have loads of it and they are by the sea. They also like oysters. They are too freely available to charge premium dollar.
So do you know what they do with them? They batter them, then deep fat fry them. Worse, they also make burger patties out of them.
Can you imagine?
I mean, they taste great, but that’s beyond the point.
You know what else would taste great? A victory against Leicester this weekend. I’ve been catching up Graeme Souness comments about The Ox.
“There is a player in there but it is ‘stand up and be counted’ time. At 22 and with the quality he has, he should not be accepting sitting on the bench and being a bit player.
“You’ve got to go in, bang down the manager’s door and say, ‘I’m ready for this’. Is he prepared to do that?”
Now, it’s easy to sit there and call him a ‘knob jockey’, but this is one of the greats talking here. I mean, not a great manager, but he’s one of the all time legends of the game. That fight we lack, he had it by the bucket load. He knows what it takes to make it because he was around greatness his whole career. I think his point has at least some merit…
Chambo is a sweet heart. He has a big smile. He LOVES attention. He likes being a footballer. His approach to life is banterous.
But is it too much? At what point does it become unprofessional?
Messi doesn’t banter, Ronaldo doesn’t banter, Ozil doesn’t either.
Who banters? Carl Jenkinson, Jimmy Bullard and Robbie Savage.
Ian Wright used to banter, but he wouldn’t do it on the pitch. He was a fighter. A focused one. I don’t see a lot of fight from Chambo. I don’t see a lot of focus.
So whilst I don’t like getting into an argument about the impact of body language and general demeanour on performance, I do think that perception is important. If you’re not doing well in an office and you’re larking around all the time, people don’t take kindly.
You earn banter privileges. People who earn them generally know when you use them. I’m not sure if Chambo has earned anything so far.
Also, Souness is right about banging on the manager’s door. He’s right about The Ox looking like he’s at Alton Towers when he’s just shanked a 12 yard pass out for a throw. Pissing around showing a lack of focus after and before the game is a thing of his. Maybe if he cut it out, he’d become a better player? Because look, I love to piss around and to do it well requires energy and it generally, it means you’re not concentrating.
Anyway, worth thinking about.
What about thinking about this weekend?
Ok, let’s do it.
Last time we played Leicester, we spanked them. Sanchez bagged a hattrick. Theo played through the middle and done a good. We blasted them with counter attacking football. We thought we’d killed off this crazy joke of a team.
Leicester have grown into a force. The players we doubted have proved us wrong. The manager we thought a joke has proven to be a revelation. The team that leaked 5 goals against us have conceded just three in 8.
Arsenal? Well, Theo is playing like a total plonker. He hasn’t scored in the league since before Christmas. He’s looked garbage. Then we have Giroud, who hasn’t been fantastic, but he at least managed an assist at the weekend. Chambo could well get the nod again if he can put the banter down for 5minutes. Then we have an Alexis who hasn’t peaked yet.
We are in a rut… micro disappointments pushing us further away from the summit. The pile so high now, it’s threatening to derail our spirit as well as our title ambitions.
This game is massive. Win, and it’s on. Lose and I’d say that despite Arsenal being in the race mathematically, you’d have to say the wind would be well and truly not in the sails.
Feels real negative to say. But I think this is a major tipping point. Especially with Spurs and City fighting it out in the other game.
Right, that’s your lot. I’m in Oregon today at the place the shot One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest and The Goonies.